Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tomato & Spinach Rotini

A pairing of classics, tomatoes and spinach with cheese and ground beef tossed with rotini pasta by Lacey Johnston.
Serves 2 - 4

  • 2 cups Rotini Pasta
  • 1/2 lb. Ground Beef
  • 6 oz. Fresh Spinach
  • 14 oz. can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 8 oz. can Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 clove Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/8 tsp Kosher Salt
  • White Pepper, to taste
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, cook ground beef over medium-high heat in a large skillet until browned, drain excess fat, return to pan.
  3. Add garlic, saute 1 minute.
  4. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, salt and pepper.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Return heat to medium-high, add spinach and cook 2 minutes or until spinach wilts, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove from heat, add pasta and cheeses, toss well to coat and serve.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Homemade Apple Juice

Homemade apple juice, unpasteurized, no sugar added (yes, real apple juice is suppose to be that color) by Lacey Johnston. Note: My blender of choice for juicing is the Blendtec, if you juice regularly or make smoothies, I highly recommend it!
Makes 2 - 3 cups

  • 4 Gala or Red Delicious Apples
  • 1/3 cup Cold Water
  1. Core apples and cut into 1" chunks.
  2. Add apples and water to blender, blend till smooth, about 60 seconds. 
  3. Using a mesh strainer or cheesecloth (at least 40 grade), strain apples.
  4. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before drinking.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Quick Strawberry Frosting

A quick and easy way to make homemade, strawberry frosting without preservatives or artificial coloring.  You can use Jam or Jelly but I prefer the Jam because the hint of seeds lets people know it is made with real strawberries. By Lacey Johnston.
Frosts 2, 9" cake rounds

  • 1/4 cup Strawberry Jam (best if homemade)
  • 5 tbsp Butter, softened
  • 4 tsp Milk
  • 16 oz. Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter on low speed with electric mixer for 30 seconds.
  2. Add all other ingredients, beat on medium-high or until well mixed and desired consistency. If too thick, add more milk.  If too thin, add more powdered sugar. If too sugary, add 2 tbsp more butter.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Organic Mango Smoothie

A very refreshing, tropical smoothie. Perfect for mornings or after a workout by Lacey Johnston. Note: You will not need ice, the frozen fruit and sorbet keeps everything chilled.
Serves 1.

  • 1 Banana
  • 8 slices Organic Frozen Mango
  • 1/8 cup All Natural Mango Sorbet
  • 1/4 cup Organic Orange Mango Juice
  • 1/8 cup Organic Plain Yogurt (I prefer Nancy's brand)
  • 1 tbsp Agave Nectar
  • 1/4 cup Organic Whole Milk
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Mix until smooth, drink immediately.